Adopting a shelter dog will bring joy to your life, and it will save the life of a homeless animal. Keep in mind that adopting a dog is a long-term commitment, and it’s important that you are ready to take on the responsibilities that come with caring for dog. There are many wonderful dogs to choose from, but most important is selecting a dog with the temperament that matches your lifestyle. HSSC wants every dog to be healthy and well adjusted. A healthy, well-behaved dog is significantly more likely to stay in its home than an unhealthy or ill-behaved dog.
Every year, thousands of dogs across the country are surrendered to shelters due to behavior issues. Most of these dogs could have stayed in their homes with just a little help from their owners. Dogs are constantly “talking” to you, and HSSC can help you understand what they are saying. Problems that can’t be “fixed” can often be managed with just a little work. HSSC will show you how. Remember, every interaction you have with your dog is a training time. Either your dog is training you, or you are training your dog—it’s your decision! HSSC offers affordable K-9 Obedience Training Courses. All new adopters receive a $10 discount on their first course. See all available courses.
If you are experiencing a behavior issue with your dog, your first step should be to see your veterinarian. Sudden changes in behavior are often caused by underlying medical issues. In many cases, a trip to the veterinarian can save you time and frustration and help prevent potential harm to your pet(s) and loved ones.
Regular wellness exams, preventives, and a healthy diet are crucial for a healthy dog. The Animal Clinic of the Humane Society of Sarasota County is a full-service veterinary hospital that provides comprehensive and affordable care for all your dog’s needs. Learn more about the Animal Clinic.
See Pet Health & Safety for an extensive overview of pet health and safety topics.
Below are links to larger organizations with extensive resource libraries. There you will find solid guidance on everything from selecting the right dog to training to behavior to health. If you need additional support, please contact our K-9 Behavior Program Coordinators, Lisa Merlet and Kate Rose, at 941.955.4131 x124 (they can both be reached at that extension).